The Sea, the Sea

The Sea, the Sea

Paperback Vintage Classics

By (author) Iris Murdoch, Introduction by John Burnside

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 38mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 009928409X
  • ISBN 13: 9780099284093
  • Sales rank: 20,310

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOHN BURNSIDE When Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys a remote house on the rocks by the sea. He hopes to escape from his tumultuous love affairs but unexpectedly bumps into his childhood sweetheart and sets his heart on destroying her marriage. His equilibrium is further disturbed when his friends all decide to come and keep him company and Charles finds his seaside idyll severely threatened by his obsessions.

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Author information

Iris Murdoch was a writer and philosopher. She was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to school in Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. She later became a fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999. Her husband John Bayley has written a bestselling memoir of his life with her called Iris and a major film based on this was released in 2001.

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"Dazzlingly entertaining and inventive" The Times "One of the most ambitious tours de force in many years... There are pages one races through to see what happens. She is a virtuoso at description" Daily Mail "She was a brilliantly clever woman" -- Dame Judi Dench "There is no doubt in my mind that Iris Murdoch is one of the most important novelists now writing in English...The power of her imaginative vision, her intelligence and her awareness and revelation of human truth are quite remarkable" The Times "A fabulous novel...funny and poignant and is arguably Murdoch's finest hour" -- Gary Kemp Daily Express

Editorial reviews

Booker Prize Winner in 1978. When director, playwright and actor Charles retires from his glittering London world to become a hermit, it is to the sea that he turns. He hopes to escape from 'the women' but, unexpectedly, meets one whom he loved long ago. Charles learns that his solitude is inhabited by the drama of his own fantasies and obsessions. Intellectually challenging and imaginatively satisfying, this was a great choice for the Booker Prize. (Kirkus UK)